Jordan Poyer, Dawson Knox headline the list of Buffalo Bills out for Week 5

Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Dawson Knox, Buffalo Bills (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Injuries have been one of the biggest storylines for the Buffalo Bills this season and unfortunately that trend continues into Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

This is a game the Bills are expected to win but they will now be missing key players that could make it a closer contest between the two teams. On Friday, the Bills ruled out five players and that group included two key starters in tight end Dawson Knox and safety Jordan Poyer.

Knox has been dealing with injuries for a few weeks now but this week has not been able to practice any days as he was listed on the injury report with foot and hamstring injuries. The Bills starting tight end has had a quiet start to the year with only 12 receptions for 111 yards and no touchdowns.

The Bills will likely look to Quintin Morris to step in as the starter with Tommy Sweeney backing him up.

Jordan Poyer misses his second game in three weeks with the Buffalo Bills

On the defensive side of the ball, the team will be without one of their key leaders as Jordan Poyer will miss Sunday’s game due to rib injuries. He also has not been able to practice at all this week so it isn’t overly surprising but is certainly a big loss for this secondary.

Poyer is playing some of the best football of his career with four interceptions in three games. He will likely now be replaced by Jaquan Johnson, who got the start in Week 3 against the Miami Dolphins in place of Poyer.

The three other players who were ruled out on Friday by Sean McDermott were wide receivers Jake Kumerow and Jamison Crowder as well as cornerback Christian Benford. None of these players being ruled out was a surprise as Benford recently had surgery on his broken hand while Crowder suffered a broken ankle against the Baltimore Ravens. He will likely be added to the injured reserve some time in the near future.